The American University of Madaba (AUM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gannon University, a world-renowned university for student exchange based in Pennsylvania, USA. According to this agreement, students will have the option to study one or two semesters at AUM or in the United States.
At the press conference held on Monday 24th July, AUM President Dr. Nabil Ayoub, who signed the MoU on behalf of AUM, stressed that this MoU is in line with the policy of the American University of Madaba to focus on international cooperation with the recognized international universities to exchange students and contribute to the transfer of technology and knowledge.
The advantage of such memorandums of understanding is that students will pay the same tuition fees they usually pay at AUM and not according to the American universities’ tuition fees. Worth noting that the tuition fees in such international university are three times higher compared to the American University of Madaba.
Dr. Ayoub revealed that AUM will sign a number of memorandums of understanding with other American and European universities in the coming months in order to meet the demands of the increasing number of students wishing to participate in a university exchange program. AUM believes in the importance of this step that aims to transfer technology and experience from the source and provide students with new opportunities which will contribute to refining their personalities and skills in the labor market.
Dr. Ayoub noted that the American University of Madaba currently receives a number of students from DePaul University for a semester. There are several programs in which they are enrolled, including programs to teach Arabic to non-speakers.
Dr. Ayoub pointed out that the university focuses on qualifying students in the field of English language. In this regard, he explained that the university offers five levels of English language classes, which will reflect positively on the students’ integration in the labor market.
In the field of supporting creativity and innovation, Dr. Ayoub said that AUM has allocated JD 20,000 to help creative students in local secondary schools develop their ideas and creations under the supervision of a number of AUM faculty members in cooperation with Abdul Hamid Shoman’s Foundation.
As for grants and partial scholarships, President Ayoub stated that the university provides full and partial grants to Jordanian General Secondary Students (Tawjihi or equivalent), based on merit and academic excellence according to the university regulations. Dr. Ayoub said further that the university's board of trustees has provided additional partial scholarships for a number of university majors, according to the Jordanian secondary school average or equivalent.
The American University of Madaba is a private non-profit university registered in Jordan and the United States of America (State of New Hampshire) and is owned by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. It was officially opened by His Majesty King Abdullah II on 30 May 2013.
The number of students enrolled for the coming academic year has reached 1,500 students. This year, 400 students have graduated from seven faculties: Engineering, Science, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Architecture and Design, Business and Finance as well as Languages and Communication.